Great Lakes Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu
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4.07/5
2,637 Ratings
Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,367
Reviews:
921
Ratings:
2,637
pDev:
10.57%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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283
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Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra from bakerslp - thanks.

Appearance: Dark but semi-clear, amber-colored. Pours with a great big fluffy tan head, great retention, tons of sticky lace. Nice.

Smell: Rich and sweet, a big malt backbone with notes of pine and grapefruit from the hops. Slightly fruity. Reminds me a whole lot of Arrogant Bastard, but not as clean.

Taste & mouthfeel: A nice mix of chewy malt and resiny hop flavor, with malt taking the slight edge. Rich caramel sweetness and a touch of pineapple precede the oily, bitter finish. Full-bodied, a bit too heavy on the residual sugars for my liking, but a very nice beer all the same.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/19/2012. Pours crystal clear reddish orange color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Thick foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, mango, pine, herbal, orange zest, pineapple, caramel, toast, and floral. Awesome aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, pine, caramel, orange zest, pineapple, toast, floral, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, toast, floral, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance as well. Slight cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale. Great hop flavor complexity and malt balance; and quite smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thebouch01 for this one! I have been really curious about this one ever since I opened my box up!

Poured into Rare Vos Glass

An american strong ale... oh how I love this category... here it goes

Pours 1 finger of light tan head. Good retention and really nice lace walls. Color is a robust barrel copper brown.

Aroma: This smells more like DIPA to me than a 'strong' ale. Huge floral hop aroma. Notes of caramel, toffee, and citrus. Very pleasant.

Taste: Hmm, this is very interesting. The amount of toffee that sticks out here is heavily. I get some vanilla notes with caramel. A huge floral hop taste. A big blend of citrus doesn't leave the mouth either. Very strong and fairly boozy.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter and boozy. Medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a big floral hop, boozy flavored aftertaste. Not saying that I enjoy it, but it fits the style and nothing I really didn't expect.

Overall, it a pretty decent beer, definitely not what I expected. It kind of reminded me of a big DIPA, but with more malts and a nice toffee profile. I am glad I got to try this one. For 8%, this is drinking fine.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Nosferatu pours a crystal-clear copper body with golden highlights beneath a full head of creamy, yellowed-white foam. The head retention is quite good, and rings of thin lace are left clinging to the glass after each sip.

The nose is distinctly malty and caramelish along with some very nice yeasty and hoppy fruitiness (orange, grapefruit).

In the mouth its creamy and smooth with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

Although it starts malty and offers a continual presence of that throughout, there are more hops in the flavor than the nose suggest; lending it a piney, citrusy, grassy and even somewhat leafy side that works really well in the dry finish. And it's bitter, but not overwhelming, as some sweetish, bready, caramel-drizzled and toasty malt lingers in the mouth. This is quite English in nature (hops, malt, yeasty fruitiness) with a hefty bitterness to back it up, and I find it quite reminiscent of some of the strong English ales that are now utilizing hops from the Pacific Northwest.

This one is very nice indeed; and I think it offers a tremendous amount of drinkability in that it can fit many different occassions, and is complex and strong but not overwhelming. Recommended!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark reddish amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some heavy crimson highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy dark beige head that reduces to a few small to medium sized patches of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts with a moderate to strong aroma of citrus/orange zest and pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet caramel malts with just a hint of toasted malts. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange zest, citrus/orange, and pine hops. There is a slightly stronger than moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly slick/oily in the finish.

O: I found this one to be really enjoyable - a very nice hoppy red/amber. Alcohol is relatively well hidden and it drinks much easier than the 8% ABV that it is.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerhan for this interesting looking beer.

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades... wait it doesn't fade at all just sits there waiting for instructions. Nice lacing starts to form on the sides as I swirl and move the beer around. The beer itself is a hazy yeast chunked bright cranberry blood red color.

Nose is nice but a bit too light, nice malts with a juicy reddish malt, nice caramel and even a bit of vanilla. There are nice hops that push their way to the front fairly quickly, with a floral grassy Hallertau like hop aroma.

Taste starts interesting and different a bit, some copper malts and a slight coppery like flavor (not the bad kind from lager, just a coppery malt flavor). Then reddish malts again, earthy slight biscuit reddish malts, with plenty of caramel and a slight sweetness, but thick and rich, as thick as blood one might say. A juicy malt like flavor fades as the hops come out slightly but not much. Some floral and spicy earthy hop flavors come out not strong but enough to let you know they are there. As it finishes it dries even more and smack come the spicy hops, it gets quite bitter but not over the top, like I chewed on a hop pellet a few minutes ago. A slight caramel malt flavor lingers as well.

Mouth is thick almost syrupy but more sloshy, like blood even which I'm guessing they were aiming for, with decent carb, and a slight hint of warming booze.

Overall it's nice. Good malts, decent hops, booze is almost there but drinks well. A nice blood thickness and almost chewy. Balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from mcallister, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a ruby red color with a short foamy off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is rich with dark fruit (raspberry & plum?) and hops along with some caramelized malt.

T: Decent hops burst up front, then the balance of malt sweetness, which makes you think this beer is an IPA, but the flavor of the sweetness contains dark fruits instead of citrus. The hops bitterness returns in the after-taste along with a touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, not very filling, good kick and has the type of interesting flavor that makes it well-worth drinking for a while. I could see myself knocking back a sixer of this one with ease.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had the pleasure of sampling this a few times in the past and had a pint last night on tap, this had been sitting for a few weeks waiting to be drank here at home.Poured into a impy pint glass a nice clear copper/amber color with a tight 1/2 finger light reddish tinted head that left a nice ring as it settled,aromas of roasted nuts,dark fruit and a real noticable leafy hop presence wich I found more profound out of the bottle than on tap.Big fruity profile on the palate up front with notes of brown sugar with that leafy,piney hop presence coming thru into the finish as well a light alcohol zing.I like a good American strong ale and this is another top notch one in my book it has alot of different flavors and character going on.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Scion.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a murky amber with a short light-tan head that persists for quite some time. The nose is a bit of roasted nuttiness with some caramel and light fruits. A bit of earthy and pine hops. Faint citrus as well. The taste melds things together but is a bit plain. Some slightly-sweet cherry-tasting malt and a bit of light hops. Feel is medium and a bit sweet with a mild bitterness. Some good flavors individually, but I don't quite like how everything comes together in the end.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear muddy amber with a decent sized creamy off-white head that left some nice lacing down the glass. Aroma of sticky citrus and piney hoppiness with a oh so sweet caramel backing. Very nice!

The taste matches the bite of the aroma. Hops dominate up front but is nicely balanced by that thick caramel and chocolate backbone and ends nicely with a dry hop bitterness and some lasting sweet maltiness. The mouthfull is fairly thick and seems about right for a Strong Ale. A slight heat crops up in the end but that 8% ABV seems fairly well hidden.

Wow, this beer certainly does have bite! It reminds me alot of some hoppy ambers I've had but that thick mouthfull and punched up ABV certainly bump it up into the Strong Ale area. Definitely not a beer I would have more than one of in a sitting but rather one to savor and warm up with during those cold Fall evenings.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my perfect pint glass. Dark red in color with a thin off white head that laced nicely down the glass. Aroma has a lot of citrusness to it along with some sweetness. Taste is hoppy as well, some nice citrusness and nicely balanced with the sweetness and bitterness. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel as well. Another solid beer from Great Lakes that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with an inch of frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Fragrant mix of caramel-coated, oven-toasted biscuits, cut grasses, grapefruit, pepper. A bit sweet-smelling, a bit spicy, a bit citrusy. Nice!

Taste: Toasted biscuit maltiness with just a faint touch of dry caramel and even lesser hint of sweetness. Grassy, leafy hop character drizzled with freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice. Medium-high bitterness alongside a pinch of white pepper. Finishes dry with a bitterness that lingers on into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Reminds me a bit of our local Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster. A fine beer to pair with the F. W. Murnau film, which I do own, I'll admit, but I opted instead to set it against tonight's Colbert Report. A fair base of malts with plenty of hops and bitterness (and alcohol), yet it still remains easily drinkable -- good job as always, Great Lakes.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 11/22/2012.

Pours a redish orange color. With a tan head that leaves lacing throat the glass. Smells is of light citrus and malty charastics. I also get some caramel and cherries. Taste is very similar. Though this beer is 8% I don't get much alcohol taste from it. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied.

Overall this is a well rounded solid option from Great Lakes. Have yet to be dissipointed in their beers.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to korguy123 for this one! Poured into the DFH snifter glass.

A: Pours a very deep ruby color with a one finger tan head. Nice lace sheeting down the side of the glass.

S: A really interesting mix, I get a strong strawberry aroma mixed with a heavy caramel smell. There is also a nice hop/citrus aroma in the middle, some tangerine maybe.

T: The caramel is much heavier on the taste than the smell. There is a nice hop kick in the middle that lingers into the finish. Also get hints of brown sugar.

M/D: Full bodied and no hint of the 8% whatsoever. Overall a really nice beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hemorrhagic orange-bronze beneath a dense cap of pale orangish caramel; a wonderfully complimentary color scheme. The richly creamy cap oozes quality and should hang around for quite a while. I'm a little disappointed at the relative lack of lace, but given the ABV, I guess it isn't fair to expect a dazzling display. In the end, there are small, thick sheets sporting intermittent puncture marks.

The nose is deep and powerful with a bewitching mixture of heavily caramelized malt and citric hops. It smells like fermented orchard fruit drizzled with caramel sauce and flecked with shredded hop cones. Amazingly, there's no hint of alcohol.

Nosferatu tastes quite a bit like a DIPA (in the same vein at least). The rock solid malt backbone is colossally caramel-like, but not to the extent that it overwhelms the hops. I'd like to see at least a 50% increase in hops, but that's just me. The flavor profile, in addition to caramel, consists of apricots macerated in brandy, candied grapefruit flesh and Curacao. Although alcohol isn't quite as well-masked on the palate, it gives the beer a power and a presence that it wouldn't otherwise possess.

The finish is a long, lingering affair that showcases citric hops; wonderfully hoppy burps are an added bonus. I'm overjoyed to see that the body/mouthfeel is typical Great Lakes; that is, full, chewy and velvety smooth. Stealth carbonation lightens what could have been a syrupy feel and turns each mouthful into pure drinking pleasure.

Nosferatu isn't much of a vampire since it definitely doesn't bite; nor does it suck. It is bloody good beer though. Okay I'm done. It has been my fervent hope that Great Lakes would eventually bless the faithful (of which I am unabashedly, unashamedly, one) with a highly hopped IPA or DIPA. This isn't quite what I had in mind, but it is a worthy substitute until they brew the real thing. Year-round please.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,637 ratings
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